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kb24lalakers posted:
Someone I love dearly may be in kidney failure. She is 75 and has not been to a Dr. in 15 years because of her religious beliefs. If she is in the latter stages of kidney failure how long can she survive without medical attention. This is very important as I am on the west coast and she is on the east coast. I want to be near her if something happens. Please help I am desperate for answers. Thank you
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john-skpt responded:
Unfortunately there is no way to predict accurately, even with regular medical tests and medical follow-up.

We just don't have any good starting point for guesses since we have no idea what her blood test numbers look like; it could be weeks, it could be a decade or longer.

Some symptoms that you might watch for are things like increased fatigue, lower energy levels, changes in sleep patterns--either more or less sleep--lack of appetite or changes in the taste of food, skin color changes, irritability, complaining of chronically itchy skin, changes in the smell of breath, and finally sleeping more and more with shorter periods awake.

Sometimes things can come on suddenly, like heart attack or stroke, but most cases decline very very slowly.


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